Author Visit - Abi Elphinstone
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On 7 December 2016, Key Stage Two pupils were enthralled by the stories and engaging presentation given by the children's novelist Abi Elphinstone. She talked all about her experiences growing up in rural Scotland and how her travels around the world have helped to inspire some of her books, characters and settings. Children were then able to ask questions about her life as an author and even got to meet Abi afterwards at a book signing. We all thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and would love to welcome Abi back to school again soon.
HMS Bake Off: Children in Need 2016
On 16 November 2016, 12 very talented bakers were selected to take part in the Hexham Middle School House Bake Off to raise money for Children in Need. The three bakers selected for each House had two and a half hours to bake and present a “Spotacular” themed cake. The cakes were then judged and sold in slices at the Children in Need bake sale. We raised £78.11 for the charity.
The winning house was Aln (Haylie, Isabelle and Luca), winning 50 House Plus Points. In second place was Coquet, followed closely by Wansbeck and then Tweed. It was an extremely hard decision to make as all the cakes were fantastic. Well done to all the bakers!
SUMDOG Competition Now Live!
The Northumberland SUMDOG Maths contest is now live and all HMS pupils have log in details to play the games and make their way up the regional leader board. Let's see if we can get HMS to the top!
There will be a Hexham Middle School PTA meeting on Thursday 17 November 2016 at 7.00pm in the Orchard Building, for anyone who wishes to attend.
There is also a non-school uniform day on Friday 25 November 2016 to support the PTA Christmas Fair (held on Saturday 26 November 2016); pupils can bring in an item for the Christmas Fair during the non-school uniform day with a different theme for each house. For more information, see the flyer from the PTA.
Remembrance Day 2016
The children in Year Eight have been studying World War One poetry in time for Remembrance Day. They then wrote their own poems on the theme of remembrance. Here are five examples of remembrance poetry created by our pupils.
Kids Lit Quiz - 2 November 2016
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On the 2 November, a group of ten pupils from Years 7 and 8 went to Gosforth Central Middle School to compete in the Kids’ Lit Quiz. A series of 100 questions were asked under strange categories such as ‘cannibalism’ and ‘cutlery’. This year there was a record number of teams who entered, with a total of 36 teams made up of 4 people competing for a place at the national finals in London. The competition was very close throughout, with both of our teams placing within the top half. At the quiz there were some of the highest scores that Wayne Mills (the creator of the competition and quiz master) had ever seen. A particular highlight was when the Year 7 team won the tie breaker prize of four books. Two other prizes of £2 were won by our pupils. Overall we all enjoyed the experience and the Year 7 pupils are planning to apply again next year.
Phoebe W, Freya M and Rose J
Curriculum Information Session: Resources
Thank you to all parents/carers who attended the recent 'Curriculum Information' session for Key Stage Two. We hope you found the session useful and that you feel that more informed with techniques to support your child's home-learning for the new National Curriculum. All of the resources that we referred to during the evening have now been added to the Supporting English and maths at home page under the 'Curriculum' tab. If anyone requires paper copies, please contact Mr Watters or Mrs Roff in school. If you'd like any further information, don't hesitate to get in touch! Keep an eye out for future information events. Thanks again.
Mr Watters and Mrs Roff